A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology will screenshot a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope that readers will dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.
Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.
If you haven’t yet come across Arcady’s playscapes, then hold on because you’re in for a real treat. If you’re already acquainted with this blog, chances are you’re a frequent visitor to this sumptuous playground design feast. And you’d be in good company too as hundreds of thousands have beat a path to the playscapes door over the past three years.
I remember my excitement the first time I clicked through to the blog just over a year ago. The variety of playground designs is breathtaking. The visuals – photos, plans and drawings – are stunning. I was compelled to send the word out right away to a small group of bloggers writing about playgrounds in their local communities in Canada, the UK and the US. We all jumped on board this train.
Playscapes’ raison d’être is laid out in four brief statements on the splash page:
Because it’s difficult to find non-commercial playground information. And I find that frustrating.
Because a playground doesn’t have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it’s better if it doesn’t.
Because playgrounds are under-recognized as an artistic medium.
Because everybody loves a playground.
In celebration of the blog’s third birthday, playscapes is now hosting a discussion forum. It’s painless to register. Drop in and take part in the conversation and add yourself to the ‘playground people’ group.